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Johnny Damon-led Thailand team eliminated from World Baseball Classic

Nov 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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Johnny Damon‘s time playing for Thailand lasted all of two games, as the team was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament last night.

Thailand lost Game 1 to the Philippines and Game 2 to New Zealand, falling by a combined score of 20-4 while committing 11 errors defensively.

Damon started the first game at designated hitter and the second game at first base, going 3-for-7 with a walk and three singles while grounding into a double play.

Damon’s mother is Thai and despite back-to-back ugly losses he seemed happy to have played for the team, telling Denny Wu of MLB.com: “The experience was amazing. I am glad I get to come represent my mother’s country. My role for the next four years, hopefully Thailand has a chance to get back. My role is to help out as much as possible.”

  1. Francisco (FC) - Nov 16, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    11 errors? Oh my. It seems to me they might been better with Johnny playing the field a bit more.

  2. realgone2 - Nov 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

  3. bronsonshore - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    An upstart team from freakin’ Brazil (!) just beat a Panamanian team in Panama City that featured Carlose Ruiz, Carlos Lee, Ruben Tejada, and Manny Corpas. Why aren’t we talking about that instead of Johnny Damon? There are baseball fans who actually enjoy the game and are interested in this, as opposed to just adding to the snark of the “WBC Sux LOLZ” brigade, you know.

  4. dondada10 - Nov 16, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Jon Heyman is reporting that a mystery country is kicking Johnny Damon’s tires.

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